I have posted this elsewhere, but thought it may (or may not) be of interest to some on here.
We have been here just over 1 week, it feels like longer and in some ways it feels like we have achieved a lot but in others we don't seem to have got very far. Early for a post I know, but just to get things down whilst they are fresh.
First off, we have been going along this emigration road for quite some time now for various reasons and thought we were all prepared to go, but I would have to say we really did not anticipate just quite how hard the final goodbyes to family would be, it was really quite devastating. A lot of things came together in a big rush for us at the end, which left us rushing around right up to the day before we left and leaving quite a few loose ends which probably made it worse. The flight was ok and we arrived to the meet and greet service at Adelaide Airport. They were very good and I would say it is worth it for the fantastic information pack they provide and the free UBD, the lady also gave us a contact at the government and her phone number for if we had any questions.
We seemed to have bad jet lag this time, so spent practically the whole of the first day sleeping! We want to buy a house asap so hopefully our stuff can get delivered to it and also because as those of you watching in the UK will know house prices are rising very rapidly here in Adelaide, there is also a massive shortage of houses for sale. We thought driving around would be a good way to find houses for sale, but I would say 75% of houses for sale don't bother with a board, and the real estate agents in the local area may not be the ones dealing with the sale, so really the internet is a must to track down anything for sale, along with all the realestate papers. We have been to quite a few opens last weekend and will be doing the same this weekend, you just have to try and be really organised with it. Our problem mainly is that we have a wide search criteria, which in some ways helps and in some ways hinders. We have got mobile wireless internet for the laptop, this is great as it means you can take the lappy out in the car with you and search for any houses in a certain area etc.
Getting the wireless connection was a job in itself, it is very very difficult to get anything without a bank statement/bill showing your address, so it may be wise to open your account early in the UK, then straight away go to the bank, change the address and make a transaction so you can get a statement.
We have applied for tax file numbers online (details supplied in welcome pack) and it was fairly painless. Have also applied for medicare numbers at Marion, this can take about 1/2 and hour.
A mobile phone is quite an essential in the house hunting/job hunting stakes too, this is really easy to sort, just bring your unblocked mobile, buy a sim, show some proof of id (driving licence is ok) and away you go.
We have also bought a new car, went to most of the manufactuers and settled on a Holden Captiva, the salesman (Jason Webb - Hamilton Holden) was excellent and is happy for us to recommend him on here, he was not high pressure, went out of his way to make time for us and got everything sorted asap. All of the dealers were very good, no high pressure sales or anything, with the exception of Jarvis Toyota on South Road, the guys were very nice and helpful, but the pressure selling was intense and we couldn't get out of the showroom for nearly 2 hours, looking back we should have been rude and walked out, but we just aren't like that, they also followed us up several times. Mentioning this to Aussies, this is the selling technique for this garage, as I say the guys were very nice, but if you are a bit jet lagged it may be worth being aware so you don't get parted with your money too easily!!
We have also looked at a couple of schools, again fairly easy to do.
Nath starts work casual on monday to start with, so we will see how that goes, his future boss is really nice, even rang him today to invite him on a bike ride on sunday! Can't understand why we want to live in the south though!
I suppose reading this back, we have achieved quite a lot in 8 days, sometimes it doesn't feel like it though, I think because we don't have our own home sorted yet, regarding suburbs, we have driven around many southern suburbs this week and my main comment would be that practically all of the areas are 'mixed' good streets next to bad streets everywhere, so it really is just a case of finding what suits you.
thanks to those adbritters who have pm'd, I will be catching up with you all next week I hope, once Nathan is at work and I have some time to spare.
I would add as a last note that we don't feel that we can easily go back, but in these first few days it is easy to understand just how people can get back on the plane and go 'home' again very quickly, it is easy when you are sat in the UK to think this is a silly attitude, but until you arrive and feel totally unsettled you probably can't understand how easy it would be to turn straight around, however, these feelings do begin to pass quickly and Adelaide is already starting to feel more like home, it is just a case of sticking with it (must say the sunshine days that are winter are helping us along!)